European Commission officials have conducted unannounced
inspections at the premises of several purchasers of lead scrap
(used to produce recycled lead) in a number of member states,
following a suspected breach of Article 101. Click here.
Statement of objections issued in suspected food packaging
The European Commission has sent a statement of objections to 13
companies that it suspects have participated in an illegal cartel
in relation to food packaging. Click here.
Virgin Atlantic appeals Commission's conditional approval
in IAG/bmi merger
Virgin Atlantic Airways has lodged an appeal challenging the
European Commission's decision to grant conditional approval to
the acquisition by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG)
of British Midlands Limited (bmi). Virgin alleges that the
Commission incorrectly assessed the counterfactual situation that
it used to consider the merger and made a number of further
material errors in its competitive assessment. Click here.
The General Court has dismissed an appeal by Guardian against
the European Commission's decision fining them for
participation in the flat glass cartel. Click here.
Akzo Nobel is appealing a European Commission decision which
rejected a request for confidential treatment in respect of the
decision on the bleaching chemicals cartel. In particular, Akzo
Nobel is challenging the publication of an extended
non-confidential version of the cartel decision which contains
information from its leniency application. Click here.
The European Commission has granted conditional approval to the
acquisition of Milk Link by Arla, having found that the merger
would combine the two leading suppliers of long-life milk in the
UK, significantly reducing competition in that market. The
clearance is conditional upon the divestment of Milk Link's
sole long-life milk processing facility. Click here.
The CC has published its statement of issues on the anticipated
acquisition by The Rank Group plc of Gala Casinos Limited. Click here.
The CC has made an interim order under section 81 of the
Enterprise Act 2002 to prevent Ryanair from taking pre-emptive
action to prejudice its investigation into Ryanair's completed
acquisition of a minority stake in Aer Lingus. The CC has also
accepted interim undertakings from Aer Lingus. Click here.
The OFT has published the full non-confidential version of its
2011 decision on dairy retail price initiatives, which found that
four supermarkets and five dairy processors breached the Chapter I
prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 by coordinating price
increases for milk and/or cheese through indirect exchange of
retail pricing intentions. Click here.
Ofcom has issued a statement on the 4G spectrum auction
process, suggesting that the 4G auction process should begin at the
end of 2012, which it believes should enable competitive 4G
services across the UK during the first half of 2013. Click here.
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Officials of the European Commission, accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities, have conducted unannounced inspections at the premises of various companies active in the sugar sector in several member states.
The European Commission has opened formal proceedings to investigate suspected breaches of Article 101 TFEU by MasterCard.
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